With her telling and treacherous sacrifice of Joel Arends last week, accused felon Annette Bosworth is looking for new legal counsel. Sioux Falls attorney Jeffrey R. Beck filed papers for her last week pertaining to her waiver of her initial court appearance, but the Hughes County courthouse yesterday did not have any documents on file indicating who would be serving as her attorney of record in her trail for petition fraud.
Everyone deserves legal representation. But whoever takes up Bosworth's doomed case should not expect to be paid, at least not directly by Bosworth. She has the money to send her husband and children off on an extended vacation to Alaska, but she doesn't think she should pay her own legal bills. Hence, her sister Peggy Craig is starting a legal defense fund:
Join me in standing with Dr Annette Bosworth. Her courage gives me hope. Support her by contributing to her legal defense fund, send money to the community fund:
Annette Bosworth Legal Support Fund
PO Box 130
Tea, SD 57064
720 Kevin Dr (PO Box 550)
Tea, SD 57064
For questions email: email@example.com [Peggy Craig, Facebook post, 2014.06.24]
Bosworth directed a patient to create a "First Amendment Legal Defense" fund for her in May 2013, claiming vaguely that investigations into possible Medicaid fraud and improper employment practices were somehow about "politics" trying to force her to stop helping people. The only other information provided on the Indiegogo fundraising page was a link to a marketing pitch from Bosworth and Haber's blackhat search-engine-optimization henchman Joey Burzynski. That legal defense campaign drew one anonymous $10 donation before Bosworth and husband Chad Haber forgot about it thanks to the distraction of the next bright shiny thing, Bosworth's fake Senate campaign.
Craig's fundraising plea could mean Team Bosworth has decided they cannot spend any of their $1.6 million in campaign donations on legal bills, even though one could argue that Federal Election Commission rules would permit such expenditures. Craig's plea could mean that Bosworth simply doesn't have any campaign funds left.
Or it could just mean that, as usual, Annette Bosworth, a licensed physician with lots of earning potential, doesn't think she should take responsibility herself and pay her own bills. Instead of just going to work to pay her lawyer, her landlord, and her husband's travel agent, she depends on handouts.
Update 09:50 CDT: The Annette Bosworth Legal Defense Fund has not been registered as a non-profit corporation in South Dakota. That means the recipient of that money, Annette Bosworth, must declare any money sent to her as taxable income on her 1040.